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Call it the Newspaper Preservation Act of 2009. Act now, and you can shell out more than six times the cover price for a souvenir bundle of five inauguration-day copies of The Denver Post or Rocky Mountain News. That's right, if you call before -- well, before they run out -- the Denver Post Inauguration Keepsake Pack including FIVE Jan. 21, 2009, editions can be yours at the low, low -- I mean, horrendously inflated -- price of $15.50. That's for a set of five 50-cent newspapers, which would've cost ya a cool $2.50 at the 7-Eleven on Wednesday .
Mashable.com counts up some record-shattering figures on the online activity generated by the Obama inauguration today.
ABC News anchors are reporting on air they have confirmed rumors that Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy was taken from the inaugural luncheon after suffering convulsions and collapsing. Kennedy, 76, has been undergoing treatment for a malignant brain tumor. West Virginia Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, 91, also reportedly fell ill and was escorted from the luncheon.
[caption id="attachment_19744" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="(Illustration/John Mavroudis for The Nation)"][/caption]Throughout this extraordinary election, it often seemed as if history itself were campaigning alongside Barack Obama. The Nation notes the occasion in An Inauguration for the Ages.
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) founder Grover Norquist, dubbed the "field marshal of the Bush plan," will take Tuesday off to celebrate the anniversary of Ronald Reagan's inauguration and, incidentally, gird his tax-cutting loins against the incoming Obama administration, Politico's Ben Smith notes. Norquist, the preeminent "thumb-in-the-eye radical rightist," famously set the course for the modern Republican Party when he stated, "My goal is to cut government in half in 25 years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies offers up one of the most comprehensive Web sites on the presidential swearing-in and associated activities throughout Washington, DC. Check it out and stay tuned for live stream video of the complete 2009 inaugural at The Colorado Independent beginning at 9:30 a.m. MST.
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